2017 HEADLINERS – Molotov Jukebox
World-renowned party purveyors of contemporary world music and we will be welcoming them to Arlebury Park on 10th June as our 2017 headline band. Fronted by Natalia Tena (who you may recognise from Harry Potter and Game of Thrones), Molotov Jukebox is arguably the highest profile act the festival has signed as headliners.
Fusing an unrivalled onstage presence with the sunny sounds of carnivals from around the world, the band is an explosion of colour and energy, mixing violins, accordions, vocals and rhythm in a mixture of ska, latino, soul, funk and other jump-up styles. Molotov Jukebox fans are also fond of describing the band as ‘gyp-step’ (a mix of dubstep and gypsy styles). They offer an unmissable live performance and are famed for their high-energy performances around the globe from the Avalon stage at Glastonbury to performances at Wilderness, Boomtown, Cambridge Folk Festival, Blissfields and Womad as well as sets at Vive Latino in Mexico, Eurosonic in Holland and Iboga Festival in Spain.
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We're also very pleased to announce the following bands who have been confirmed for 2017...
The Electric Swing Circus
A 6-piece fusion of saucy 20's swing and stomping electro beats. Drawing influence from 1920’s swing and jazz, the explosive sound of the Electric Swing Circus reverberates back through time, re-inventing the genre of electro-swing for an ever-expanding audience. Their debut, self-titled album is available now, and they will be bringing their dazzling show to us on Saturday evening.
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Ushti Baba are a riotous Gypsy-Folk outfit who play hypnotic trans-European melodies and Jungle rhythms. Using beatbox, double-bass, accordion, banjo, guitar, violin, cello, trumpet and percussion, Ushti Baba play a fusion of traditional folk music and modern dance rhythms that inspire frenzied limb-flinging, heart palpitation and general fervour.
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Kasaï Masaï bring the traditional sound of remote equatorial African villages to the UK, adding a unique and contemporary twist on the way. Kasai is a region of Congo that is named after a river in the heart of the rainforest where many tribes maintain their traditional lifestyles. The Masai are a dignified tribe whose lives still centre around a nomadic existence. Nickens has performed on Andy Kershaw’s 'World and New', 'Later with Jool’s Holand', 'John Peel session', BBC3 World Music Day.
"Kasai Masai successfully marry a respect for vintage grooves with an overwhelming urge to move the dance floor this is the sound of the old and new, of the countryside and the city, from deep in the heart of Africa..." Nige Tassell, Womad Festival
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The Undercover Hippy
Billy Rowan aka The Undercover Hippy has been performing at festivals since 2008, working his way up from being a solo singer-songwriter playing in small marquee stages, to now having a full band of incredible musicians and playing main-stages at some of the Europe's best festivals. They've been regulars at Glastonbury, Secret Garden Party, Boomtown and many more. Politically driven the band blend acoustic roots reggae folk-hop, with feel good vibes and a sly sense of humour. The live show is high energy, interactive, and always leaves the crowd begging for more.
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Oh My God! It’s The Church
'Oh My God! It’s The Church' is a raucous, Deep South Pentecostal Church party brimming with the best Soul, Motown and Disco tunes. Fronted by the insane pastor 'Michael Alabama Jackson' the service leads the audience through wild sermons of religious ecstasy. Fusing music, dance, theatre and comedy the show comprises of one preacher, three choirgirls and an organ player who create an all-encompassing Pentecostal parody party experience that engages the audience from the very first hymn. Come and kiss the ring of redemption, get ready to Sin, be saved and then Sin all over again in this holy and hilarious hootenanny.
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As one of the South's most exciting reggae acts, Brighton's Samsara Collective create an open minded and fresh take on the roots tradition. Their music pays tribute to the original innovators of the genre while refusing to be bound by any stylistic conventions. Their reputation as one of the freshest bands on the current UK circuit means they have shared stages with a host or reggae legends (Toots and the Maytals, the Wailers, Black Uhuru) as well as some of the finest acts of the new generation(Groundation, the Skints).
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Dan O’Farrell & The Difference Engine
With Rick Foot on double-bass, and Chris Walsh on drums, Dan O'Farrell gives his solo songs a new spin. Welcome to The Difference Engine...
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Shifty Lao are an alternative soul band based in Bristol whose sound consists of funky dance-inducing rhythms mixed with silky vocal harmonies. These charismatic guys combine to put on an exciting performance that’s not to be missed!
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Screamin’ Miss Jackson
Screamin' Miss Jackson draw influence from such diverse players such as early bluesman Casey Bill Weldon, Tampa Red and the wonderful Memphis Minnie, 20’s and 30’s Jazz singers like Georgia White, Anita Carter or Lil Hadin, the western swing feel of The Texas Playboys and finally mixing all that up with the country folk of Doc Watson. Whether it’s their own original tunes or their own unique take on an early classic the energy and passion all seven have for the music is more than apparent. Mixing up Banjo, Guitar, Double Bass, Harmonica, Mandolin Drums and Washboard with close harmony vocals gives the listening audience an experience that few bands can muster.
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Alphabet Backwards’ ethos is simple: To champion the noble art of Pop music, dancing all the way. It’s infectious, and puts a smile on your face. It’s a summery, joyous, happy-go-lucky affair, punctuated with an irresistible synth buzz and hooks aplenty. After all, Pop is not a dirty word. Oxford five piece alphabet backwards have all that is required to become a mainstream success: bundles of energy and most importantly fantastic ‘pop’ tunes.
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Gloucestershire-based five piece folk rock band Harper Ferry will be bringing their unique sound and heartfelt lyrics to Alresford. Since releasing their latest single What to Believe from their self-titled debut EP, the band has made stellar appearances at the Phoenix Festival, Moseley Folk Festival, and the Birmingham Jazz and Blues Festival.
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Slip-On John (and the Cheap Suits)
A seven piece outfit from Surrey, combining a traditional back line with a brass section. They play a set of original tracks in the genres of pop/soul/jazz/funk. Gareth Hadley has been featured recently on BBC Radio Devon’s ‘Introducing’ show and released his 7th Album via Bandcamp in September, tracks from which will feature in this summer’s set.
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DJs Electro Groove Monkey & Lebrosk
Between them, they’ve played as far afield as France, Poland, Germany, Romania and the Netherlands. They’ve also played extensively around the UK with the Ministry of Sound, Venn Street Records (Clapham), Old Street Records (Shoreditch) and Milk Bar (Reading) being just some of the venues they’ve graced so far. Throw into the pot a regular reviews column at the haloed Mixmag magazine and the odd bit of production for good measure, it’s fair to say that you’re in safe hands. So DJs Lebrosk and the Electro Groove Monkey as they take you on a journey through the very best beats, soul, breaks, nu-funk, house music… and pretty much everything else in between!
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Necktr are a Modern Soul 9 piece band based in Leeds, drawing influences from hip-hop, latin, jazz, afrobeat and ambient music. Newcomers to the Leeds scene Necktr have already been making an impact on the city's diverse music scene. With numerous live performances at established venues throughout the city, and sharing gigs with known Leeds acts, 2017 is definitely Necktr's year. With deep grooves and up-beat rhythms Necktr are sure to leave you dancing.
The Hattie Jacques’ Playlist
Formed from a group of Southampton musicians- the band 'The Hattie Jacques’ Playlist' aim was to bring people’s favourite songs from the indie/brit pop era, through to some forgotten gems from the 60’s and 70’s and play them in the their own unique style, songs you knew, songs you forgot you loved. With a fast growing and loyal fan base, time with The Hattie's is never quiet and always frenetic.
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The Black Hat Band
Fronted by the one of the UK's top vocalists Jaelee Small, The Black Hat band are a group of young and talented musicians who met whilst studying at The London Centre of Contemporary Music. Since forming in November 2007 they’ve been moving dance floors across the UK, Europe the USA and beyond. They play it all from guitar driven rock, dance-floor shaking Disco and Funk, modern pop smash hits and jazz.
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Black Water County
Smashing their way into the UK folk punk scene since 2013, and with two EPs under their belt, BWC bring an energetic live show of stout quaffing, banjo breaking and tin whistle mangling original music, along with trads and shanties that have been given a good kick up the arse and a slap around the face.
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Emerging from the roughneck honky tonks of Winchester, RattleWreck climbed to the top of the southern funk rock blues scene in 2003 with their debut album, ‘RattleWreck 1’. This five piece guitar driven band rock up with their own compositions and they are driven to create new exciting music with references from the fantastic legacy of the last 60 years melding blues, soul, rock and funk in a “unique blues blend”. Fronted by Stevie Ray Rattle and his harmonica, RattleWreck are renowned for delivering a great high energy show.
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Southampton Ukulele Jam
Playing fast and furious blend of everything from folk to ska to disco to punk, they steer clear of traditional ukulele tunes, preferring instead to delve into a repertoire that runs from Kylie Minogue to The Clash via The Vaccines and Lady Gaga. Along with synchronised dancing, impromptu pogoing competitions and recurring bad jokes are as likely to be part of the fun as the tunes. Their love of playing is both evident and infectious and audience participation is always an essential component, with the best gigs resembling massive singalongs.
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Unpack your air guitar, start up the wind machine and run through the dry ice (in slow motion) to the blast off of this year's greatest ever AMF. Flying in for a one off performance before embarking north, south, east and west on their possible debut world tour, the might Compass deliver a unique power ballad party. Fall in love, break up, get back together again and embrace your inner soft perm.
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A huge horn-driven Soul Revue that ‘Blow the Bloody Roof Off‘ every venue they play! So our Big Top Tent is in danger, you have been warned. They have gathered a large following across the south playing quality kick-arse Northern Soul, Classic Soul and Motown tunes. A great follow on from our ‘Soul Cellar’ evening on Friday 9th June. Their high energy sound creates an atmosphere that leaves you wanting more…
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The Alresford Ukulele Jam
The Alresford Ukulele Jam is Alresford's own grown all male Ukulele group with girls in it...and occasionally instruments which are not Ukulele's...Like any good jam it is a true mix up of musical genre's ranging from traditional to modern, our songs take in everything from folk, modern pop, blues, country, dance, punk and jazz to rock - all are given the ukulele treatment with unique mash-ups, sing-a-longs and the ukulele "uke" box also forming part of the fun, lively set. If you like to see a small instrument truly thrashed this is the place for you!
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